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Definition of "malapert" [mal•a•pert]

  • Impudently bold in speech or manner; saucy. (adjective)
  • An impudent, saucy person. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "malapert" in a sentence
  • "A child's outcry, more "malapert" than the priest, called the attention of the lingerers, and before any one knew, the passion of destruction had seized like a frenzy upon the people."
  • "Margerate has great lines through out though- calling Elizabeth 'pale painted queen, vain flourish of my fortune' and saying to Dorset 'master marquess you are malapert, your fire stamp of honour is scarce current'."
  • "“And you, too, are malapert, mistress!” said the Lady;"